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What Should Your Answer Look Like Posters

I spent most of this morning making new posters for my classroom and most of this afternoon writing quizzes (4 versions of each) for our first unit in trigonometry.  Today I want to share a set of What Should Your Answer Look Like Posters.

I think it’s finally hit me that school is RIGHT around the corner.  We have PD Days this coming Thursday and Friday.  And, I’ll have students on the 22nd.  

One thing I want to work on this year is holding my students to higher expectations with how they write out their answers to math problems.  I’m making an effort this year to give my students more problems that are embedded in a context.  This means it’s even more important to make sure my students are writing their answers with the context of the question in mind.

In the past, I’ve had a sign up in my classroom to remind my students that there should be “No naked numbers.”  In this case, “naked numbers” are numbers written without a unit.  But, I’ve never given my students enough problems with units to be able to justify this.  That’s changing this year!.

What should your answer look like posters

Here’s the expectations I’ve come up with for how students should write their answers:

What Should Your Answer Look Like?

Show all your thinking.  

I have some students who claim they shouldn’t have to show any work because they did it in their head.  I put a note below to remind them that even if they do it in their head, they still need to write something down.

Use complete sentences.  

It’s hard to write a complete sentence with your answer without looking back to what the question was asking.  So, in a way, I’m tricking my students to get them to read the question again.

Include the question’s context.  

I don’t want (4,5) to be an okay answer to a system of equations problem.  I want to hear that four candy bars cost the same amount ($5) at Store A and Store B.

No Naked Numbers.  

If the problem has units, my students’ answers should have units.

No Magic Numbers.  

The other problem I run into is that students will just write an answer and no work because they used their calculator.  Magic Numbers are numbers that come out nowhere.  If a student does a calculation on their calculator, I want them to write out what they typed in their calculator.  I learned this phrase from someone I can’t remember on twitter, but my husband tells me it’s actually a computer science term.

What should your answer look like posters
What should your answer look like posters
What should your answer look like posters

I’m thinking I’m going to put these along the top of my dry erase board to be a constant reminder to students as they are writing out their answers.  I know this is one of those things I’m going to have to be super strict about at the beginning of the year if I want my students to follow through with it.

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What Should Your Answer Look Like Poster (PDF) (1344 downloads )

What Should Your Answer Look Like Poster (Editable Publisher File ZIP) (863 downloads )

I’ve uploaded them as an editable publisher file and a non-editable PDF file.  For the Publisher file, you’ll need these fonts: Caviar Dreams and Wellfleet.  If you don’t want to fuss with fonts, just download the PDF version.

Want even more posters? Check out my posters page!

جابر جيكا

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

شركة المهندس شركة تنظيف منازل وبيوت بالدمام شركة تنظيف بالاحساء شركة تنظيف بالخبر شركة تنظيف بالجبيل شركة تنظيف بالقطيف شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام شركة تسليك مجاري بالدمام شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام


Saturday 20th of August 2016

شركة ابو سمره لجميع متطلبات المنزل شركتنا الأفضل لنقل الاثاث بالرياض شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض تعمل على تقديم افضل الخدمات للزبون من سرعة الاداء وجودة العمل والمحافظه على ممتلكات المنزل ,شركة عزل خزانات شركة مميزه شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض كما انها شركة لتنظيف الخزانات بالرياض شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض شركتنا بها تخزين اثاث بالرياض تعمل على تخزين الاثاث بنظام شركة تخزين اثاث بالرياض شركتنا تعد المميزه فى شركات مكافحة الحشرات فى الرياض شركة تخزين اثاث بالرياض شركتنا ممتازه فى تنظيف الشقق والفلل بعمل جاد شركة تنظيف شقق بالرياض شركة تنظيف بالرياض شركة تنظيف فلل بالرياض شركة تنظيف بالرياض وايضا شركة تنظيف موكيت باتقان بالرياض بالمنظفات عالية الجودهشركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض يوجد لدينا شركة تسليك مجارى وايضا تنظيف بيارات بالمهاره الكامله شركة تسليك مجارى بالرياض شركة تنظيف البيارات بالرياض شركتنا تعمل فى الصيانه والترميم بالرياض شركة صيانة وترميم بالرياض شركتنا تنفرد فى مهارة رش المبيدات دون التاثير على صحة الزبون او العمال شركة رش مبيد بالرياضشركة رش مبيدات بالرياض شركة ابو سمره بها عمال لكشف تسربات المياه بالرياض شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض

Algebra's Friend

Thursday 18th of August 2016

My favorite set of posters! Great idea to stress from day 1!


Tuesday 16th of August 2016

This is great. Says just enough to address students who ask..."but what if..." I will laminate this and hang in my high school classroom!! Thanks sooo much

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Glad you like it!

big life in a tiny town

Sunday 14th of August 2016

I think I am going to make this a page in their interactive notebooks!

Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove)

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Awesome idea!

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